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In Florida, the cops can come inside your own home kill you over $2 worth of pot, and still be “acting properly” August 17, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Controversy,Death,Disgusting,Disrespectful,Dumb,Scary,Sick,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:59 pm

A Tampa Police Department internal review has concluded that SWAT team officers acted appropriately when they fatally shot a 29-year-old Seminole Heights man during an unsuccessful drug raid.

b2s_swatia081614b_13390539_8colThe review, documented in a 415-page file provided to the Tampa Bay Times in response to a public records request, found that police Cpl. Eric Wasierski and Officer Edwin Perez “feared for their lives and the safety of others” when they shot Jason Westcott to death in his home on the night of May 27.

Police had been conducting a narcotics investigation of Westcott and hoped to find large quantities of marijuana in his house. The search yielded only 0.2 grams — or about $2 worth — of pot, in addition to paraphernalia such as a digital scale, plastic baggies and jars with marijuana residue.

During the raid, according to the internal investigation, officers opened the door to Westcott’s bedroom and found him on the other side with a loaded, 9mm Taurus Slim pistol. Wasierski and Perez said they immediately shot him because he began to raise the weapon.

An autopsy corroborated their account, indicating that Westcott was initially shot with his right shoulder pointed forward and his right arm lifted partway up his body.

“Based on a thorough review of the totality of the circumstances and the evidence present, it is clear that both Wasierski and Perez were in the unfortunate situation of having to utilize deadly force for their protection and the protection of others,” Deputy Chief Brian Dugan wrote in a memo.

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office had concluded in June that the police officers were justified in shooting Westcott.

Westcott’s mother, Patti Silliman of New Port Richey, said she doubted the Police Department’s ability to review its own actions and was still troubled by “inaccuracies and inconsistencies” in the official account of her son’s death.

“Words cannot describe the pain that this tragedy has caused our family,” Silliman said.

Westcott, a motorcycle mechanic who lived at 906 W Knollwood St. with his boyfriend, had no state criminal record besides driving offenses and a misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest dating back 11 years.

No neighbors had complained to police about the house, although Westcott himself called police late last year because he learned that several men were plotting to break in and rob him.

In February, according to police records, an informer began buying marijuana from Westcott on behalf of narcotics detectives, purchasing $160 of pot over about four months.

Detectives said they learned from the confidential source that Westcott had a gun with him during the drug deals, and so enlisted a tactical response team to take him into custody.

The internal review gives the following account of the raid:

On May 27, a BearCat armored car carried SWAT officers to Westcott’s home. As they exited the vehicle and walked toward the front door, Cpl. Bryan Felts, the team leader, loudly announced, “Police, search warrant,” according to multiple officers present.

At the door, Felts knocked and announced the police team at least three more times, team members said. When nobody answered, the officers let themselves in — the door was unlocked.

Westcott’s boyfriend, Israel Reyes, was on a couch in the living room. The first officers inside moved past him to the closed bedroom door.

Wasierski, who was carrying a shotgun, opened the door and immediately saw Westcott on the other side raising a gun.

“I immediately saw … a white arm with the pistol coming toward me,” he later told investigators. “So I’m fearing this guy’s about to shoot me or this — this gun’s gonna fire at me. So I squeeze two off.”

Wasierski then fired a third round. Perez, behind him, fired his handgun twice. Westcott was hit by one bullet from the pistol and two shotgun slugs; his fatal torso wound came from a shotgun slug, according to the autopsy report.

Wasierski said he did not have time to tell Westcott to drop the gun, while Perez said, “I don’t recall if I had enough time to say ‘drop the gun’ or anything.”

Reyes was taken into custody and later released. He was not charged with a crime.

 

In today’s episode of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” August 14, 2014

A woman was kidnapped, beaten and robbed after volunteering for the needy with her church group, according to the Ocala Police Department.

Ocala-Kidnapping-weapon-photo2-pngTara Barnes, 69, told officers that she had just finished providing meals for people near Northwest 3rd Street and North Magnolia Avenue Monday night and was leaving in her car when a man appeared in the backseat and told her to drive, according to the incident report.

Apparently homeless himself, the attacker told Barnes, “You rich (expletive) think we need your help.”

A short time later, the assailant told her to stop on the side of the road, put a rope around her neck and dragged her out of the car, police said.

Police said the attacker, who Barnes described as a white man with a rancid odor, also held her at knifepoint, beat her with a leather club and yelled obscenities at her.

At one point, the assailant held his hand over Barnes’ mouth and when Barnes bit him, he removed her dentures and threw them out of the car window, according to the incident report.

The assailant then forced Barnes to park in the Kmart parking lot on State Road 40 where he robbed her and beat her again until she lost consciousness, police said.

A short time later, Barnes awoke alone in the car, went to a nearby cellphone store and called 911.

Barnes was transported to the Munroe Regional Medical Center where she was treated for several contusions and bruises to her face, arms and stomach.

Police searched the area but said they do not have any leads or suspects in this crime.

Barnes was discharged from the hospital around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

 

This woman found herself in a jam after attacking another women with jar of jelly

sfl-flduh-attack-jar-jelly-20140813-001A Florida woman faces a charge of aggravated assault after she used a full jar of jelly to attack another woman Monday, according to an arrest report.

Denisha Day, 20, of Belle Glade was arguing with another woman because the woman’s daughter poured out some of her shampoo. Day wanted to woman to pay for the shampoo and the argument turned into a physical fight, the report said.

After family members broke up the fight, Day charged at the woman with the jar of jelly, causing a large lump on the side of her face, the report said.

Day was released from Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday afternoon on $2,000 bail.

 

 

To grandmother’s house we go to rob and assault

sfl-flduh-grandma-stole-jewelry-20140813-001A Port Orange woman who wanted money for a hotel room to spend the night with her husband was arrested after police said the woman assaulted, burglarized and stole jewelry from her 84-year-old grandmother.

The husband did nothing to stop the wife from committing the crime, police said.

Brigitte Matzke, 25, and Alex Caldwell, 26, were each charged with burglary with assault/battery, battery on a person 65 years or older, false imprisonment, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine and intimidating or threatening a witness.

Matzke was being held Tuesday in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $56,500 bail while her husband had no bail allowed, arrest and jail records show.

According to Port Orange police, officers were called to an apartment at the Legacy At Crystal Lakes at 9:40 p.m. Monday by a neighbor who heard the commotion and saw the grandmother outside crying.

The neighbor reported hearing a loud argument, screaming, and loud banging sounds inside the apartment and decided to call authorities.

Investigators said Brigitte Matzke and her husband went to Aida Matzke’s Floral Springs Boulevard home Monday after being out all day, packed some of her belongings and demanded that her grandmother give her $80 so she and her husband could stay at a hotel.

When the grandmother said she didn’t have the money, Brigitte Matzke forced her way into her grandmother’s bedroom. The older woman tried to stop her granddaughter from entering the room but the younger woman grabbed her grandmother, ripped her bra off, twisted her wrists and stole jewelry, police said.

Brigitte took $1,900 of items including jewelry and a cellphone and ran out and left with Caldwell, police said.

 

Austin Hamilton Whipped Toddler To Death Because Child Peed On Him During Diaper Change August 13, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Child Abuse,Dangerous Nut,Death,Disgusting,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sick,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:23 pm

A Tampa man has been arrested for causing the death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old boy.

Austin-HamiltonTampa police officers arrested Austin Hamilton, 24, whose address is at large, for first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

About 11 a.m. Saturday, Hamilton’s girlfriend left the 1-year-old boy and his 6-year-old brother with Hamilton in a room at the Motel 6, 333 East Fowler Ave. in Tampa, when she went to work.

Later on that night, Hamilton called 911 for help when the 1-year-old boy, Sincere Williams, whose address was listed the same as the Motel 6, started having trouble breathing.

About 8:22 p.m., Tampa police officers and paramedics arrived at the motel and found the victim unresponsive on a bed inside of the room. The child was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he later died.

During the initial investigation at the scene, the suspect claimed that he did not hit or punish the victim in anyway and that the victim was not involved in any accidents that would have caused his death, a Tampa Police Department report said.

Sunday, TPD homicide detectives received the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office report, which said the toddler died as a result of blunt force trauma to the lower abdomen, the police report said. The medical examiner ruled the victim’s death a homicide.

Detectives located the suspect and interviewed him again about the details surrounding the child’s death. Hamilton changed his story and stated that while he was changing the victim’s diaper, the child urinated inside of the motel room.

“He lost control” and hit the victim several times all over his body with a leather belt, the police report said. He went on to state that while he was disciplining the child, he tried to pick the victim up, but the child fell and hit his head.

Tampa Police homicide detectives charged Hamilton with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse based on the suspect’s interview along with witness statements and evidence from the crime scene. Hamilton was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

Hamilton is not the biological father of the victim or the 6-year-old boy who was also left in his care. The 6-year old was not injured during the incident.

The investigation is still on going.

 

Man Beats Girlfriend After Dreaming She Cheated August 11, 2014

carlos+gascon+mugA Florida Keys man was arrested after beating his girlfriend after he had a dream she cheated on him, according to police.

Carlos Gascon’s girlfriend told Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies that Gascon beat her all day Friday. She was able to call for help at 6:45 p.m. after Gascon passed out.

The woman accused Gascon of choking her, pouring hot coffee on her, cutting the back of her leg with a knife, and threatening to kill her while holding a knife to her throat. Gascon also allegedly picked her up and slammed her down on a glass table, breaking it.

Gascon’s girlfriend also alleges that he picked up his dog, slammed it on the ground and put his foot on the dog’s neck.

Gascon faces charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, domestic battery by strangulation, battery, false imprisonment and animal cruelty.

 

Mower choke control? Man, 71, strangles lawn guy over weeds August 8, 2014

 

An Englewood man has been arrested for battery over the lack of weeding by a lawn service.

 

sfl-flduh-chokes-lawn-guy-weeds-20140807-001According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, deputies met with the victim, the owner of a lawn service business, at a residence in the 6400 block of Thorman Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim told deputies he was hired to mow the lawn at the residence and was in the process of doing so, when 71-year-old Patrick Botelho approached him.

The victim said that Botelho asked him why he wasn’t trimming the weeds from the flower beds. The man said he was not hired to do so, that the home owners had contracted with him to only trim the lawn. Botelho told the victim that the weeds were getting into his lawn and told the victim he had better trim the flower beds.

When the victim declined, Botelho allegedly tried to pull the victim off the mower and grabbed him around the neck, choking him so that he was gasping for breath. Another worker who was nearby trimming around the house saw what was happening and ran toward the two. At that point, Botelho released the victim and went back to his own house

Botelho was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He was being held on a $2,500 bond.

 

 
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